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LAWMAKERS IN CHINA SUBMIT THE NEW HONG KONG SECURITY LAW FOR REVIEW

By brendahlubema • 2 weeks ago • 30 views • 7 comments
 Senior Chinese lawmakers have reviewed the draft of a new law concerning national security in Hong Kong, which could be approved by Tuesday (June 30) by China’s legislature.

The law, which would curb political protest and dissent in Hong Kong, is pending approval by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, a top legislative body.

The Council of Chairpersons, a group of 16 senior lawmakers, on Sunday heard a report on the draft law, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The council submitted the draft for review and possible vote by the standing committee, which could approve the law by the end of its three-day session, which started Sunday.

The national security law targets secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces in Hong Kong. Critics say its purpose is to quash dissent in the semi-autonomous territory that has been roiled by protests for the past year.

The South China Morning Post quoted anonymous sources as saying the law will carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

However, the draft has yet to be seen by Hong Kong residents.

The secrecy around the law has prompted criticism from pro-democracy activists. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Bar Association has called the legislation unconstitutional. - dpa

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    So there has been a renewal of the draft for a new law in relation to Hong Kong, thank you for this information I was not aware

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    Thanks for the article

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    The draft has not yet been seen ?

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    The draft has yet to be seen by hong kong residents

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